Definition of subliminal in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌsəbˈlimənl/


(Of a stimulus or mental process) below the threshold of sensation or consciousness; perceived by or affecting someone’s mind without their being aware of it.
Example sentences
  • A number of these studies have used subliminal stimuli to produce the increase in positive affect.
  • As is typical with this method, no participant reported being aware of the subliminal faces.
  • An audio subliminal message could be defined as a verbal stimulus perceived below the threshold of awareness.
subconscious, unconscious;
hidden, concealed



Pronunciation: /səˈblimən(ə)lē/
Example sentences
  • The conclusion that the affective meaning of these subliminally presented stimuli was processed by the participants, stems from two lines of observations.
  • Based on these data it can be concluded that affective priming for subliminally presented stimuli is a replicable phenomenon.
  • We just don't realize how exactly we're being subliminally influenced.


Late 19th century: from sub- 'below' + Latin limen, limin- 'threshold' + -al.

Words that rhyme with subliminal

criminal, liminal
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